Looking back over this past year, I have been so blessed to have such incredible experiences, phenomenal friends, a job I love, and family that always supports me. I had made myself a promise last year to work on goals to improve myself, my relationships, and my day-to-day. Although I like to think we should always be trying to improve and never settle for just okay, I think 2014 was a pretty great year.
I had no idea when I wrote about my 2014 goals last January that I would have accomplished so much. I am not a believer in resolutions simply because we are human, and if I am unable to do something I wanted to do, I don’t want to see it as a failure. We are meant to adapt and change as our environments adapt and change around us. That’s human nature. As my dad used to say, “Semper Gumby, Always Flexible.” But the goals I set out for myself ended up being a driving factor throughout this past year.
I can honestly say I curse less (I like to call it my Disney Princess speach – have you ever heard a Disney Princess curse?
No. Exactly.), don’t drink during the week (except during winter break and vacations, but come on, that’s me time!), worked harder on relationships, became more of a fitness nut than I have ever been, attempted to read more (I had a lull, I will admit), traveled to Disney (twice! I have a problem…), DC, Vegas and the UK, focused on broadening my cooking repertoire, forced myself to change my routine for the better, and ultimately worked on being a better blogger. Again, life happens and all of these goals had to be assessed or readdressed at one point or another, but I made meaningful progress for myself. That is really what matters.
When I started all of this, particularly the health and fitness piece, I had never even run a half marathon. I had actually only run a 10K and 5K in all of 2013. I went to Zumba each week, jogged throughout the week, and worked out fairly regularly, but I wasn’t working towards anything. I can happily say that I completed 15 races in 2014, including 5 half marathons, 1 15K, 6 10Ks, 1 4 miler, and 2 5Ks. I didn’t anticipate doing quite so many, and thought folks planning to do 14 in ’14 were positively nuts. Yet here I am, I have already completed my first race of 2015, and have 10 more planned during this year.
My hubby and I are, thank goodness, often on the same plane of understanding. He and I often make goals together. We recently discussed that we both want to complete a marathon together. I don’t know when, I don’t know which one, but at the end of my life I want to say I did it. Will it be a 2015 goal? Probably not, but I intend to train as though it were. I also want to participate in a triathlon, partly for the fact that cross training is always a good idea, but also because they just look so gosh darn fun. Of course I am thinking sprint distance, but after the year I have had, who knows what that will turn in to.
This past year taught me a lot about myself: what I am capable of, how hard I can push myself, and how great it feels being the best version of myself. Can I be better, absolutely! Always strive for perfection and allow yourself to realize you may never achieve it all. That, however, doesn’t mean I will ever stop trying. Let’s have a great year, no matter what life throws our way!
How was your 2014? Any goals you were most proud of accomplishing? Any new or exciting goals to add to the 2015 queue?